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we're back with more of "today" on a wednesday morning, the 7th day of march 2012. it's spring. almost 60 degrees in new york city today. warmer tomorrow. these folks can join us out on the plaza. we were going to go out there but tamron doesn't want to. >> i'm lazy. >> i'm matt lauer along with ann curry, al roker and tamron hall. >> nice to have you here. >> good to see you. coming up this half hour, a guy who's become a youtube sensation, tommy jordan. the father who didn't like what
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his teenage daughter posted about him, so he taped himself pumping nine bullets into her laptop. we spoke to him and his family earlier about what he did and how their lives have changed since some 31 million people have watched the video. >> and they were nice enough to stake around to answer your e-mail questions coming up. >> also answering your questions this morning, our money 911 team. everything from smart ways to spend your tax refund to buying big ticket items now like a car if you think you will be laid off later. experts will weigh in on that and more. >> with spring on our minds since you brought up the weather you may be thinking of packing up and hitting the roads for a nice spring break vacation. we have kid-friendly getaways from california to washington, d.c. even the bahamas. we'll tell you where the deals are. took my niece to the bahamas. she said, "i love the obamas."
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>> bahamas, obamas. that's great. >> she's 5. >> savannah is in at the news desk for natalie. >> super tuesday failed to clinch the nomination for mitt romney but the former massachusetts governor managed to hang on to his front-runner status in the key state of ohio. he won six states while his top rival rick santorum took three. as expected newt gingrich won his home state of georgia while ron paul spends the day without a single victory. tech fanatics are buzzing ahead of a major apple event many believe could be ahead of a third generation ipad. it could be faster and have a sharper screen display. according to intercepted manufacturing orders, some blogs say it won't be calle the ipad3 but rather the ipad-hd.
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there is reassuring news for women who take estrogen after menopause to relieve hot flashes and other symptoms. many women who had hysterectomies. previous studies suggested a link between estrogen and breast cancer. a new theory suggest it is moon played a role in the sinking of the titanic a century ago. a team at texas state university says the moon came closer to the earth in early 1912 than it had in 1400 years. that could have produced high tides causing many more icebergs to float into shipping lanes. the titanic struck an iceberg in april of 1912 killing more than 1,500 people. now to the caribbean where prince harry is enjoying his first official solo tour to mark
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the diamond jubilee. his latest stop is jamaica and kerry sanders has the story. >> set, go! >> reporter: prince harry, the royal versus jamaica's own usain bolt, the three-time olympic gold medal sprinter who many say is still the fastest man on earth. but in a head-to-head matchup, with a little regal deception, that all changed. prince harry won not one, but two races. stealing not only the finish line, but also bolt's signature pose. >> i'll get him back though. one day. >> reporter: it was especially great said usain to give the prince the victory considering what's afoot here. >> they called for the queen to lose her title as the head of state on the island. despite being known as the party prince harry revealed he's versatile at matters of state,
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becoming a prince charming with the prime minister. >> he's very, very nice. a wonderful person. >> reporter: and then there was the prince's visit to the unofficial royalty of the island. the late king of reggae, bob marley's widow rita. later at a formal dinner, the prince had bob marley on the mind. >> her majesty extends her wishes to you all and i'm sorry she can't be here so you're stuck with me. don't worry, because every little thing's gonna be all right. [ laughter ] >> reporter: in the last six days the prince has danced in belize. >> he's cuter in person. >> definitely. >> reporter: island hopped in the bahamas. >> i think really buckingham palace will be pleased with how well he's gone down here. >> reporter: while harry's sister-in-law kate, the duchess of cambridge, might be known as the style icon, for some reason
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his suede shoes have become all the rage. >> suede dancing shoes. that was kerry sanders reporting. it's 9:05. back to al for a check of the weather. >> first of all, for today we have a lot of warmth to talk about from chicago to the northeast all the way down to the south. temperatures 10 to 25 degrees above normal. looking at a high of 57 in both albany and cleveland. 70 in st. louis. 78 in wichita falls. the jet stream has been up to the north almost all winter. so it's been a la nina weather pattern keeping things warm and a lack of snow. land temperatures warm up. so we are talking about december 2011 to february 2012, that's the meteorological winter. it looks like it will be the warmest on record. we'll have official word of that later today or tomorrow morning.
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>> good morning. high pressure on the east coast. we expect mostly sunny skies. nice and mild this afternoon. time now for today's money 911. that's where we answer some of your biggest financial questions. we have a great panel of experts this morning. jean chatzky is the author of "money 911." farnoosh torabi is host of financially fit and lenani cox
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joins us as well. christine from texas is on the line. >> caller: hello. thank y'all for taking my question. >> and your question is? >> caller: i'm getting laid off in the next month or two. my husband's salary is enough to cover our expenses, plus i will be getting unemployment benefits or will be eligible. so we feel that we have enough money after paying bills to add a car note. my husband thinks we should buy a car before i get laid off because we will get a better interest rate. and because we have an older car, a 2005 honda pilot with 116,000 miles. i think we shouldn't because there really isn't anything wrong with my car. we did just have some minor repairs, but -- >> all right, christine. let's let jean jump in. >> first of all, i'm sorry you're being laid off. i'm with you. if you have a car that's running
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fine, even though it has a lot of miles on it, i would not add any additional debt to the burden that you and your husband are carrying. drive the car, get another job. at that point you can go out and get another car loan. it just seems silly to me to amp up your debt burden at a time like this. >> when you're vulnerable. >> you should be conservative. >> thank you. now to skype to check in with erin. she's skyping from madison, alabama. good morning. you've got a guest. >> good morning. >> who's that? >> that's my husband dave. >> hi, dave. >> good morning. >> what's your question? >> our tax return will be enough to pay off the second mornl on our home allowing us to refinance and save approximately $200 a month. however our emergency fund has been depleted to almost zero over the last year. we plan to stay in our current home for the foreseeable future. our question is how we should plan for this chunk of money. do we refinance the mortgage
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making it easier to pay bills every month or put the money back in the emergency fund? >> if i were you i would put all of the money, every penny into the emergency savings account. you have no savings and that's priority. additionally, i want you to go back and revisit your tax withholdings. i understand you're getting a $5,000 refund. >> yes. >> that's really high. the average refund is about $3,000. that tells me you're withholding too much. go back and revisit your withholdings. that's how much you pay the irs. i hear a baby in the background. you should definitely be saving money now. go to irs.gov. in the search bar, i want you to type in irs withholding calculator. get some spreadsheets which will tell you how to estimate appropriately so you get the $5,000 over the course of the year, not at one time. that will give you potentially an extra $400 in every paycheck
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helping you to pay off the second mortgage. >> got anybody else over there? maybe a dog or something? thanks so much. >> thank you. >> now let's head back to the phone lines. we have lin from delaware on the line. >> good morning, al. >> what's your question? >> i have two children in college. my daughter graduates in may. my son next spring. my question is about consolidating school loans. our daughter has loans in her name that are subsidized and unsubsidized and a perkins loan through the university. we have parent plus loans for her through sal may and direct loans. how do we start the process of consolidating the loans so there would be one payment at the best rate and do you know about the obama student loan plan from january 2012 to june 2012? >> what do you think lynn needs to do? >> first of all, the way to go about consolidating the loans depends on the type of student
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loans there are. you may have a combination of both or your daughter has a combination of federal and private loans. you can consolidate through the department of education and frankly, you said you wanted to get the best rates. they take a weighted average of all the loans and bump it up by an eighth of a percent. it can't be more than 8.25% but it can be consolidated. through a private lender you have to shop around in the marketplace to see who might offer the best deals. on the federal side there are no fees to consolidate. don't pay anybody who says i can do it for you. on the private loan side there are origination fees. those can be as much as 1% to 5% of the new loan you're taking on. >> good luck with that, lynn. >> thank you. >> have a great day. jean, farnoosh and lynnette,
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thanks for joining us. coming up, ancient beauty secrets. what to eat to look your best. but up next, laptop dad and his family answer your questions after these messages. and then at 3:15 with my guilt. [ female announcer ] special k cracker chips. 27 crispy chips. 110 delicious calories. mmm. good meeting. same time tomorrow? [ female announcer ] find them in the cracker aisle. i see a bag and think... i could have a chip. yeah right. that's why they're called chipsss. [ female announcer ] special k cracker chips. 27 crispy chips. 110 delicious calories. [ female announcer ] find them in the cracker aisle. ♪ [ female announcer ] find them in the cracker aisle. (belhi.ings) good morning. big news. we're spreading the word about new honey bunches of oats fruit blends and their unique taste combinations. like peach/raspberry... and banana/blueberry. we're telling everyone. with one flavor in the granola bunch and one on the flake. try some. mmm!
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super. quaker oats. energy. fiber. heart health. super people eat super grains. one month ago tommy jordan set off a fire storm when he pumped nine bullets into his daughter's laptop to punish her for a nasty facebook posting. he posted it on youtube and the video has been viewed more than 31 million times. matt spoke to tommy, his wife amy and daughter hannah marie. they have stuck around to answer questions from viewer e-mails. hope you got some breakfast. i want to ask you what we talked
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about which is why you decided now to come out publically and talk about this. you have been trying to hide from the limelight in the last month or so. >> we got a lot of heat yesterday especially when i revealed on facebook and the blog we were going to do it. people started jumping at the door, calling nonstop after it happened. there wasn't a whole story. people wanted the sensational story of why did you shoot your kid's laptop and is your daughter scarred for life. that's it. we wanted to have time to get through it and tell the whole story. >> you wanted people to see another side to your family. let's get to ann from pittsburgh. she says, couldn't you have sent a more positive lasting message to your daughter by having her donate the laptop to a deserving organization or individual? what do you think about that? >> in hindsight, i suppose. i don't think it would have made the point. but i wasn't really thinking about charity at the metrodoome.
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>> darrel in okanagan again says, i have been following you online and i'm pleased hannah has stayed out of the spotlight so far. how prepared is hannah for what's about to happen? >> now all the kids at school will know. what do you think of going back to school tomorrow? >> it's going to be different, but i think it will be okay. >> have you felt like you wanted to tell people? >> not really. just whoever asked. >> yeah. how do you feel about it, amy? >> first and foremost my children's safety is always a priority. hannah really wanted to do this. as parents we had to make sure when this did finally happen that the good of the publicity didn't muddy the waters of, you did something wrong. so now we're not going to make it right by all the publicity and coming on tv. >> let's get to a question.
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candice writes, i want to know how tommy was raised. is there a story of his parents doing something similar or creative on his punishment? >> i will put those on the blog. i should probably ask my mother first. i still might get in trouble. there are a lot of stories from my life growing up. >> a similar idea? eye for an eye? >> yeah. very much so. >> our next question, you'll love this one hannah marie. jim from florida asks, do you worry no guy will want to come near hannah with your reputation? is this the point? you can scare off potential suitors? >> it saves me a lot of trouble cleaning guns at home. >> what do you think? >> i don't know. it's kind of weird. i don't think it will scare anybody off. >> what dad hasn't, you know, when their little girls are getting to that age? >> first time she brought a guy home i was accidentally sitting in the garage cleaning guns.
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hi, good to meet you. >> exactly. >> that should weed a lot of that out. >> hand them a dvd of the facebook posting, right? joanne says, i appreciate what you did. a lot of parents need to monitor their children's facebook accounts more often. my question is do you regret doing it? you talked about the good that's come out of this and bad. >> regret monitoring the facebook or regret the laptop viral -- >> taking that action. >> considering what's come of it and the national and almost international conversation it sparked, no, i don't. >> you would do it over again? >> it would be a tough decision to know what i know now and think, would i do it again? it's brought a lot of stress on my family. i'm not sure. i have to weigh is the international story that seems to be talking about more important than my family's peace of mind. that would be tough. >> this happened for a reason. we have to follow where it leads and make something good out of
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it. >> last one is funny. anthony in houston writes, why didn't you use a shotgun instead? >> i wasn't wearing a shotgun at the mome. >> took what was handy. hannah marie, tommy, dr. amy jordan, thank you. coming up, affordable spring break getaway for the family. there is still time to plan. first, these messages. stop is stop.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is a wbal-tv 11 news update. >> looks like a nice stretch of weather over the next few days. as we head into the afternoon, a mixture of sunshine and a few high, thin clouds. we will make it up to 67 tomorrow. clubs will be thickening up. chance for re thursday night and friday morning.
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>> nice. coming up this half hour, spring break. you don't have to be in college to enjoy a getaway this time of year. "travel & leisure" has great getaways all with the family in mind. we'll tell you where to find a good deal. >> whether it's dark circles around the eyes or creases in the forehead the solution to your beauty problem is not some cream. it could be what you're eating. we'll show you how your diet is linked to how you look and the right foods to help you look your best. i like that. >> i do, too. i hope it's pizza. chocolate. >> i'll just smooth it under my eyes. >> ooh. >> we have an abundance of food in today's kitchen with the scottos with a delicious four-course meal for lent. >> first of all, a check of the warm weather, al. >> it will be on the toasty side as we check for today. 63 in washington, d.c. with plenty of sunshine. 70s around the gulf. showers along the
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texas/louisiana border. high surf conditions in southern california. nice and clear in the pacific northwest continuing tomorrow. look for rain in the northeast, new england. ohio river valley, a risk of storms texas into arkansas. we could see over a 48-hour period three to eight inches of rain causing flooding and mild conditions through the southwest with snowshowers in the central rockies. >> good morning. looks like a beautiful day today. the temperatures will jump into the 60's spirit that is about 12 and that's your latest weather. >> al, thanks. want to get rid of laugh lines
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♪ >> announcer: today's health is brought to you by lenscrafters. ♪ >> this morning on today's health, face mapping. it's an ancient eastern practice that shows how everything in the body is connected meaning what you eat can show up on your face. kimberly snyder is author of "the beauty detox solution." >> thank you for having me. >> you look great. we'll do what you did because it's working. we are connected to what's in
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our bodies and it comes out in the face. starting with laugh lines. what causes them? >> deep laugh lines are related to the lungs. in the eastern philosophy your lungs and colon are ying yang issues. having more fiber can be helpful. eat more plant foods. only plant foods contain fiber. a wide range of vegetables to get your digestion more efficient. >> so i can keep laughing which i love. >> don't stop that. >> you have lines in the forehead? >> in chinese philosophy we salines across the forehead can be related to a blocked colon and congested gallbladder. >> it's the center of our digestion. and with the gallbladder, too much processed foods, fried foods. eat more fresh. turn down the heat and cook with vegetable broth instead of oil.
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>> that makes sense. fresh foods put better nutrients in the body. >> stick to the outside of the supermarket. >> common problem is acne. a lot of people think it's because of chocolate. you say -- >> not necessarily because of chocolate. the skin is eliminating toxins in the skin. toxins can clog your skin. so eastern philosophy believes acne is indicative of a deeper issue. probiotics are helpful to balance the good and bad in the body. it promotes inner cleanliness and better digestion. >> and you say lemon water. >> that helps support liver's detoxifying functions. it helps with overall detoxification. >> so just water with lemon? >> and first thing in the morning have a mug of hot water with lemon to help the process
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starting first thing in the morning instead of reaching for coffee go with water and lemon first. >> then can we have coffee? >> later, yeah. depends what you put in it. >> another problem, dark circles and puffinespuffiness. there are eye creams that cost hundreds of dollars. >> we say this is related to adrenal exhaustion. the glands on top of your kidney which release stress hormones. you can over tax them with stress, too little sleep. caffeine exacerbates the issue. cut back on caffeine. lots of times you go out for coffee, switch to herbal teas and stay hydrated. a lot of times when you're dehydrated you lack energy. staying hydrated keeps you from reaching for that. >> and crow's feet? >> if you smoke, stop. >> for many other reasons as well. >> and find alternatives to caffeine and your eyes will look
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>> announcer: save on your next trip by booking your flight and hotel together. expedia. >> this morning on today's travel family getaways for spring break. as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer it's the perfect time to take a vacation. the features director for travel & leisure magazine is here. >> good morning. >> gas prices are a drag but you can get a spring getaway for a good price. >> families are looking for a place to have great memories, lots of access to programs for the kids so the parents can rest and value. >> we have a lot of good ideas starting on the west coast in california. >> monterey bay in central california is a gorgeous area. this hotel has had a renovation. they have a cute program called
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the pirate kids program. this is your little buccaneers will get a scavenger hunt and lots of fake tattoos, pirate paraphernalia, keep them distracted so you can rest and the aquarium is there. this package is only $179 a night. value conscious. >> i'll say. that's a deal. east now to cape may, new jersey. >> can i say screaming deal? >> you can. it's not patented or anything. >> another screaming deal. $139 a night this spring. this is not the jersey shore of snooki fame. this is more genteel. it's a classy joint this place. the congress hall. dates back to the early 1900s and a beautiful rolling lawn that goes to the beach. beach front. this is the kind of place you take your kids. they have ye olde shoppes in this town. >> beach front? you're on the cape? >> it's on the beach in the
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jersey shore. $139 a night. can't beat it. >> wonderful. just down the road to washington, d.c. a wonderful town. >> this is your old home. everyone is talking about d.c. now because of the cherry blossom festival and the politics there. i feel you have had enough of that in the show so far. now cherry blossoms. the 1 00th anniversary, but i'm obsessed with pandas. there are giant pandas at the national zoo and the fair mount in washington, d.c. is close to georgetown and has a deal for $200 a night where they give you the room with two children. they don't give you the kids. you have to bring yours. >> thanks. >> and you get a panda package. >> and there is so much cool free stuff in washington. >> exactly. the white house, et cetera. >> beautiful. how do you say this? lake acone, georgia?
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>> just outside atlanta in greensboro. it's the ritz carlton for $199 a night. great place to go if dad or mom loves to golf. there is a huge lake. you can go there for kayaking, fishing and i'm obsessed with s'mores and they have a giant bonfire for that. >> done and done. >> last but not least, an island getaway, nassau, bahamas. >> atlantis is a mega fun resort. they have over 2,000 rooms, 40 plus restaurants. they have a huge water park with 141 acres. so you have water slides, a lazy river, dolphin experiences. travel & leisure atlantis family insider package. you get your room, two for one access to the kids club and access to the teen nightclub called crush.
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>> teen nightclub? >> yes. you can only be a teen to get in there. >> we're not invited. okay. great ideas. let's go. thank you so much. up next, a four course meal for lent courtesy of the scottos. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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this morning on cooking with the scotto family, easy, delicious recipes for lent. >> you may have given up something for 40 days but we could never give up an the scottos. >> nicely done. >> thank you! >> elena is leading off. >> do you know why, al? it's not only leap year but it's lent. only when those two coincide that i get to go first. >> you get the lead. this is something you had in rome. >> i lived in rome for a year
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and a half. this is a simple recipe, typically romanesco. >> something else froze over. >> exactly. it's called coucho enpepe. >> the credit card bills stop. >> they shipped me back. butter, cheese and pepper. >> that's it? >> i have melted butter. and this recipe, it's all in the technique. melted butter, crushed black pepper, lots of it. you want to toast the pepper. normally you will wait three or four minutes and toast this pepper. the sauce is actually created from the starchy pasta water. so then you add this in -- ooh! >> and you get a lovely facial. >> you do. here's your sauce. then you take the pasta that's been cooked. >> it's getting away. >> you want to take it out when it's -- >> that's thick. can you use any pasta with that? >> we love buccatini.
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it holds up well. take it out a minute before it's cooked and swirl it in the sauce. lastly, add your cheese. >> that's a lot of cheese. >> it is. you do it to taste. it's a wonderful sauce and it's simple, easy and roman. >> you put more cheese on top. >> salt and pepper to taste. add more pepper, more cheese. >> nicely done. nicely milking your time. >> thank you. >> is that our cue? >> anthony has frito misto. >> you're giving up meat, candy, cake. you can't give up fried food. >> or vegetables. >> you have to throw cheese in there. we'll add mozzarella to this. we have all purpose flour, high gluten flour. we have added a little bit of cornmeal. >> why the two flours and the cornmeal? >> crunch. we'll add paprika for color.
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salt and pepper to taste. and then we have broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini, mozzarella. >> mozzarella is a vegetable? >> it is. now we are putting this in the egg wash. then we'll put it in the flour. once we haves toed it in the flour, bang it off a little bit and into the olive oil, pushing away from you. >> is there an order? >> bigger goes in first. the last thing will be the mozzarella. at the end you're going to salt it. probably three, four minutes. salt it quickly. that's -- want to try a piece? >> this is mozzarella? >> it's hot. >> eat your vegetables. >> oh! very nice. >> that's a good vegetable. >> nicely done. >> we have the healthy portion
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of the meal. this is filet of sole? >> filet of sole oreganato. we'll stuff it with bread crumbs, pine nuts, anchovy, capers and -- would you mix for me? >> don't get scared with anch y anchovy. it's just the flavor you want. >> what's that? >> garlic. >> of course. >> and fresh and dried oregano. i have some of it here that i'm going to roll up. when you roll it up, you put it in the bread crumbs. >> i brought the small can of anchovies. >> that's what we use at the house. >> i put it -- they are not going to distract me. >> keep going. >> put it in a baking dish. bake it at # 350 for 15 minutes with a little olive oil and wine. >> nice. >> voila.
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>> that's french! not italian. >> thank you so much. >> thanks, al. >> of course the recipes are on today.com. >> coming up, kathie lee and hoda hang out with "happily divorced" fran drescher.
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